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Ladue Launches Bold Initiative To Boost Math and Science Curriculum in the Fall

District has plans to beef up curriculum in key areas in 2012 With Project Lead The Way.

In an effort to advance course offerings at Ladue Horton Watkins High School with innovative and stimulating curriculum, "Introduction to Engineering Design" and "Principles of Engineering" will be added to the school’s elective opportunities this fall. Room 184 will be converted to the Project Lead The Way classroom to be shared with the robotics class.  

Project Lead The Way's mission

Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) mission is to ensure that America succeeds in the increasingly high-tech and high-skill global economy by partnering with middle schools and high schools to prepare students to become the most innovative and productive in the world.

Overview

PLTW, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, is the nation’s leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum for schools.

PLTW’s hands-on, activities, project, problem-based (APPB) comprehensive curriculum is aligned with relevant national standards and is collaboratively developed and updated by subject matter experts—including teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators.

Pathway To Engineering (PTE), intended for grades nine through 12, explores the design process and links STEM principles to relevant problem-solving activities. PTE courses complement traditional mathematics and science courses and can serve as the foundation for STEM-centered or specialized academies. PTE is designed to prepare students to pursue a post-secondary education and careers in STEM-related fields.

All high school and eighth grade families received a campaign letter asking for donations to offset the costs of the 20 personal computers to be used by the robotics and engineering classes.

Ladue families are asked to donate to support advancements in science and engineering at the high school in the fall. The Parent's Association has set a goal to contribute $18,000 towards the purchase of specialized computers for this project.

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